Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
This dissertation seeks to complicate racial performance by suggesting that writers of the diaspora are actually using geographical, historical, and cultural touchpoints to create a sense of identity and belonging. Through analysis of African diasporic fictional characters that lie outside of classic black archetypes--I seek to seal the rift between these “outsiders” and the greater black community through their journeys in the texts. While my focus is on three points of contention within the black community--spirituality, sexuality, and speech--I suggest that the conscious movement to black Southern spaces allows RCBs agency to reconcile with their communities.
Walker, Natasha N., "Imprisoned by Sex, Spirit, and Speech: Complicating Diasporic Negritude." Dissertation, Georgia State University, 2018.